MV Shearwater

08 September 2013 | Kitchen Table
06 September 2013 | Admiralty Inlet
06 September 2013 | Mid Pacific
06 September 2013 | Off Oregon coast
06 September 2013 | Neah Bay
05 September 2013 | 47 42.7'N:125 27.6'W, 50nm from Wa entrance
04 September 2013 | 45 44.9'N:127 41.5'W, 197nm from Wa entrance
03 September 2013 | 43 51.3'N:130 07.0'W, 350nm from Wa entrance
02 September 2013 | 42 18.2'N:132 43.2'W, 498nm from Wa
01 September 2013 | 40 47.1'N:135 11.7'W, 636 nm from Wa
31 August 2013 | 40 23'N:138 20'W, 754 nm from Wa
30 August 2013 | 39 42.4'N:141 25.8'W, 882nm from Wa
29 August 2013 | 38 50.3'N:144 27.3'W, 1021nm from Wa
28 August 2013 | 37 18.7'N:146 40.4'W, 1160 nm from Wa
27 August 2013 | 34 41.2'N:148 30.1'W, 1292 nm from Wa
26 August 2013 | 34 11.0'N:150 23.5'W, 1420 nm from Wa
25 August 2013 | 32 25.1'N:152 21.8'W, 1565nm from Wa
24 August 2013 | 27 25.9'N:153 57.0'W, 1706 nm from Wa
23 August 2013 | 27 25.9'N:153 57.0'W, 1893 nm from Wa
23 August 2013 | 24 57.9'N:154 31.8'W, NE of Hawaii


21 April 2013 | Subic Bay
David C
It ain’t all starlit nights, phosphorescence, and the rolling sea.

We have been noticing the smell of diesel and Stanodyne, an additive to improve the function of fuel injectors, (quite stinky), since we have been in Subic. We though it might be due to a small spill of Stanodyne in the pilot house underseat hatches. My mom had an especially sensitive nose during our family boating years and used to exclaim, “fumes!!!” when she smelled something amiss. My father would invariably ignore ignore her sensitive nose ("don't be ridiculous"), but she was almost always spot on as eventually a small fuel leak or patch of dry rot would be discovered. As you might imagine, all 4 of us guys tried to ignore it or at least blame it on the several drops of Stanodyne which leaked in the pilot house. Imagine our surprise when we opened the hatches and found at least 5 gallons of diesel on top of the tanks, leaking under the galley floor carpet and dripping into the engine room bilge. We have pumped the diesel into empty jugs and are in the process of localizing the source. Although greasy of hands and dizzy of head, we try to console each other with several points:
1. The spill was contained on the boat did not get pumped into the marina
2. If something like this has to be discovered, it is better at port where we can take care of it, rather that far out to sea
3. Diesel is not explosive and not very flammable. Were this gasoline, it would be a huge risk. No smoking in the bilge, nonetheless!
4. Our mouse must have found the fumes too objectionable and has jumped ship.

However, with our carpet rolled up, furniture moved out, and hatches open, filled with diesel soaking rags and hand pumps, it is definitely not mood elevating.

It looks as though the culprit may be an inspection hatch that we removed in Hong Kong to clean out an algae infestation in the tank which grows in a diesel water interface. It appears that the material we used for seal the gasket when we closed the bolted tank cover has reacted with the fuel and may have lost its integrity. A relatively full tank combined with the rolling of our sea crossing may have caused the leak. We will look at every connection of hoses and pipes to make sure nothing else is responsible.

Other work involves finding and installing ventilation fans for the fridge compressor which is running warm, installing a one way valve on the mid bilge pump outflow hose which has been letting water into the bilge in a backwards direction when a big wave laps against the through hull fitting, modify the cover for the dinghy and check a split pin at the top of the mast which holds the mainsail furler and the running backstays. A bit more shopping and we will be back underway which we are all looking forward to. Subic is nice and friendly but crowded and hot.

Would much rather be writing about the exciting things we are experiencing but I guess this is all part of boat ownership and a reparable situation.
Stay tuned!
Vessel Name: Shearwater
Vessel Make/Model: Seahorse Marine Diesel duck 462
Hailing Port: Avatiu, Cook Islands
Crew: Dave C, Dave N, Roger R, Wade B John M, Mark R
Shearwater's Photos - Main
9 Photos
Created 11 June 2013
11 Photos
Created 31 May 2013
Different colors of the ocean
15 Photos
Created 27 May 2013
17 Photos
Created 11 May 2013
Selected pics from trip official photographer and videographer
10 Photos
Created 28 April 2013
7 Photos
Created 24 April 2013
Fun with hydraulics
6 Photos
Created 12 April 2013
Crew trying on survival suits
4 Photos
Created 11 April 2013
From Build to Hong Kong
6 Photos
Created 24 March 2013

Who: Dave C, Dave N, Roger R, Wade B John M, Mark R
Port: Avatiu, Cook Islands